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Hi Barefut,


It's called an oximeter. They usually run about $50 and up (sometimes way up). We have one, and they are very handy to help monitor exercise and for my husband to make sure his oxygen saturation is always good.

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Just google oximeter and you'll come up with all sorts of suppliers. I bought one a couple of years ago and use it all the time. It's well worth the cost, especially if you have problems with your O2 levels.


Big Hugs,

Janey Willis

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Hi, barefut,


lol...I see you have the same "dictionary" I have!lol


I found one of these on the internet about three years ago for my husband who has COPD, It was the best investment we could have made! It's helped out many times, not only with him, but also with my mom.


As a matter of fact, a week ago this last Tuesday, she complained of being short of breath and having headaches and being very weak. So, I did two things: Checked her oxygen saturation levels and then took her blood pressure. Both were under the accepted levels, so I put her on the portable oxygen so I could increase her oxygen to 6L, as her home oxygen concentrator only goes to 5L.

Her levels back up, so I slowly decreased the O2 liters to 4.5L, which is .5 more than what she is usually on. (She only has one lung that functions and has only 1/3 lung capacity in it). I continued to check her O2 levels and she maintained...until Thursday, when her levels took a serious drop...to 61% and her BP was 104/51.

Needless to say, up to the ER we went and she was then admitted into the hospital until Monday PM.


So, I hope you don't mind that I shared this with you, but I just wanted to let you know what an advocate I am of oximeters in the home, if you deem it necessary.


I hope you can locate one reasonably!

Special Hugs,


Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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:blink: Those things won't work on me. The last 2 years I have had several procedures that required anesthesia and they use them. Now when they put one on me I tell them it won't work. Of course they give me the :blink: look and fiddle with the machine or try different ones. The first time in the lung doctor office where they test the O2 as part of the process. The tech doing it was just like the others. I figured a unit that test every patient that she would not be surprised. Much to my surprise she said she had not had that happen.


They have tried different things such as once on my ear, wouldn't work at all on my toe. Most recently instead of a clip it was like the end of an oral thermometer and they taped it on. Worked fine.


Have any of you had that sort of thing, or am I just a real oddball?

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<<Have any of you had that sort of thing>>


Hi Betty ,


Yes, when Gareth was in the hospital 2 months ago for pneumonia, they had it clipped to his ear. I didn't know why, though. He didn't like it there, either!!!


Take care, Everyone.


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Good morning (to those of you in my time zone)!


Margaret, the reason they clipped the oximeter to Gareth's ear could have been because they either couldn't get a reading from his fingers or got one they didn't like.. Once when I was doing an ABG (arterial blood gas) and walk oximetry, they had to use the ear on a woman in the next booth to me. She had really severe hand involvement.


It makes sense - think about digital ulcers. If those are caused by poor oxygenation due to decreased blood flow, then maybe sometimes another site is better. That way you'd get a more systemic reading of the O2 levels in the blood than the "local" finger gave.



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